When hearing Francis preaching in the church of San Rufino in Assisi in 1209, Clare of Assisi became deeply touched by his message and she realized her calling. Today exactly 799 years ago Francis received Clare at the Porziuncola and hereby established the Order of Poor Ladies, later called Poor Clares.
Saint Clare of Assisi, born Chiara Offreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.
The Prayer of St Francis
I remember well how I first read this prayer and not knowing it was already a well established hymn I created my own musical version of it. I will spare you the sound of my singing endeavors but once it is recorded by someone than actually has a voice to sing with I will get back to that. If you truly insist on hearing me sing my version of this ‘classic’ than by all means leave a comment to that effect. For now I will leave this with the text of the prayer which is so inspiring in itself:
- Lord, Make me a channel of your peace,
- Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
- Where there is injury your pardon Lord,
- And where there’s doubt true faith in you.
- Make me a channel of your peace,
- Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,
- Where there is darkness, only light,
- And where there’s sadness, ever joy.
- O Master grant that I may never seek,
- So much to be consoled as to console,
- To be understood as to understand,
- To be loved as to love with all my soul.
- Make me a channel of your peace,
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- In giving to all men that we receive
- And in dying that we are born to eternal life.
In approximately 60 A.D., a ship carrying 276 men and a cargo of grain shipwrecked off the coast of Malta. Two of the passengers on that ship were the biblical writers Paul and Luke, who were on their way to Rome–Paul as a prisoner, and Luke as his attending physician and friend. Through Luke’s meticulously-detailed account of the voyage and shipwreck, as recorded in Acts chapter 27, we can today undertake a journey back in time to find the remains of that shipwreck. And, even more precisely, we can attempt to find the four anchors described in the Bible that were abandoned in the sea.
“When it was day, they did not recognize the land; but they observed a bay with a beach, onto which they planned to run the ship if possible. And they let go the anchors and left them in the sea, meanwhile loosing the rudder ropes; and they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and made for shore. But striking a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground; and the prow stuck fast and remained immovable, but the stern was being broken up by the violence of the waves” (Acts 27:39-41).
For the past 500 years, tradition has held that the shipwreck of Paul occurred at St. Paul’s Bay on the northeast shore of Malta, a view held by the people of Malta today. But the biblical narrative and geography of the Mediterranean and Malta tell us that the site of the shipwreck must be located somewhere other than the traditional site, where no physical evidence has been found to-date, in spite of extensive research and exploration.
In order to solve this biblical mystery, we need to review the biblical narrative written by Luke. Luke was a trusted historian and medical professional, whose careful attention to detail will prove invaluable in our quest. Even though Luke uses nautical terms which were understood at the time but have vague meaning today, extensive research involving weather, ocean topography, landmarks, and maritime lore, gives us a well-defined path of the ship that the Apostle Paul was sailing on in the Mediterranean Sea.
Read the rest of this amazing story via Paul’s Shipwreck | Bob Cornuke.